Friday, October 14, 2011

Philosopher Labels Proposed Ordinance as 'Fatal to Education': 800 Rally against Imposition of Kimigayo in Osaka


A national rally titled 'We say No! to the ordinance of Kimigayo coersion' was held in Osaka on 24 September with participation of some 800 citizens local as well as from other prefectures. The participants,including many teachers and students, were driven by mounting concerns surrounding the prefectural government's aggressive move toward enactment of education-related ordinances that reflect nationalistic view of the right-wing governor, Toru Hashimoto. In the opening speech of the rally, Philosopher Tetsuya Takahashi severely criticized the proposed ordinance and Hashimoto himself. "It should be called 'The Basic Ordinance for Destruction of Education.'" "The governor's vision of Osaka government is that of the imperial system whereby the governor is the emperor."
Following Takahashi's speech, teachers struggling under similar situations in other prefectures made short speeches of solidarity. Among them was Kimiko Nezu, an ex-teacher from Tokyo who continued defiance of Kimigayo through to the retirement of this year despite three times of six-month suspension. She encouraged fellow teachers to keep to their belief and not to give in. Masaki Yumoto, a university student one of whose parents is non-Japanese national, raised an issue for the protest movement while commenting critically on the proposed ordinance. "It would coerce children of non-Japanese nationalities to give away with their own identities. This is why I feel against it. I also feel that the protest movement has yet to involve younger generations. I urge the participants to consider what each of you can do to reach out to the youth."
The rally was webcast by Labornet TV.
(By Jo Kimura, Labornet Reporter based in Kansai Area) *Photo: The venue, Thirty Hall in Daito-shi, Osaka

「これは教育破壊条例」と高橋哲哉さん~「君が代」強制大阪府条例はいらん!全国集会に800人

橋下府政の「君が代強制条例」「教育基本条例案」で揺れる大阪で、9月24日「君が代」強制大阪府条例はいらん!全国集会が開催された。全国から橋下府政の強制条例に危機感を抱く教育関係者、一般市民、学生ら約800名が集まった。冒頭、哲学者の高橋哲哉氏は、「橋下知事の教育基本条例案は『教育破壊基本条例』というべき」「知事を天皇にした天皇制ともいえる府政を作ろうとしている」と発言。各地の教育現場で闘う教職員の発言があり、都教委から停職6ヶ月を3度受けながら、今年の定年退職まで君が代不起立を貫いた根津公子さんは、「自分自身の思いを曲げず、信念に忠実にいて」と、各地の闘う教職員にエールをおくった。外国籍の親を持つ大学生の由本雅樹さんは、ナショナリティの強制となる条例案に批判を感じるが、若い世代とのつながりがまだ少ない。出会いを作るために何が出来るか、参加者の一人一人が考えてほしい、と問題提起した。レイバーネットTVが集会全体をインターネット中継した。(関西報道部ライター・木村ジョウ)*写真=会場の大東市サーティホール

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